Let the Games Begin…

Buongiorno,

Hello there! How have you been? I think this has been my longest blog holiday ever so apologies for that. I’ve been taking it easy the last couple of months and trying to recoup a little bit. It’s worked and I feel recharged and ready to restart ‘the dream’! 🙂

After the earthquake last year, I was fortunate enough to be offered a lovely apartment with space for my stuff and perfect for the cat (thank you H!).  However, that apartment becomes a B&B for the summer months and some other friends have now offered me the use of their beautiful holiday home for a while (thank you A&R!). It’ll be somewhere to settle for a bit and so with any luck, life can slowly recommence! It’s a whole new area to investigate (it’s near a couple of quaint little villages called Santa Vittoria and Servigliano) and it’s slightly closer to my home in Sarnano than where I have been staying so that’s good too.

The engineer has been working on plans for my house, both in terms of its current state to assess the damage and a future plan. I’m thrilled to say that it’s hopefully going to look similar to what I have now (there was talk of me losing the basement and terrace) so hopefully I’ll just have a new and improved but still quirky house. Once we have firm plans in place, we’ll submit them to the government. They’ll have 90 days to respond with their approval or otherwise. If they approve, technically we should receive a chunk of the money and be able to start work straight away. The work has to be completed within 2 years. These timescales seem too good to be true! It would mean I could be home within 3 years. Shall I start taking bets?!

So the new cunning plan is to just enjoy Italy for a bit, get to know the new area and continue on the quest to become a world famous and rich artist! I’m also hoping to finish a book I started a couple of years ago (and indeed wrote – it ‘just’ needs to be edited!).

I’ll keep this short and sweet as I’m writing this at the airport on my way back to Italy and want to post it whilst I still have wifi but stay tuned for a blog post on my recent holiday adventure to Crete!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with some photos I took of the very beautiful Rocca Calascio that I trekked to with this lovely group just before I came back to the UK.

Castle (3 of 14)

Castle (7 of 14)Castle (10 of 14)

Castle (13 of 14)May the Dream recommence!

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6 thoughts on “Let the Games Begin…

  1. Laurie

    That’s great news about your house. I hope it all works out for you. It sounds like you’ve had a rough time of it. Good luck.

  2. Hey Sue,

    I’m glad to hear things are on the up for you! Awesome photos as usual, and that third one is stunning! It reminds me of one of the Lord of The Rings movies, hehe.

    I had a quick Google for Santa Vittoria and it looks gorgeous. I look forward to some photos of that too 😉

    Ciao!

  3. Its wonderful to hear that life is looking up and you’re feeling good Sue, long may it continue!!! I look forward to hearing all about your new adventures soon and in the meantime welcome home!

  4. david gerstel

    i am glad you found a new place to stay closer to sarnano. i have heard, however, that donald k trump, or perhaps it was spicer, was looking to buy a retreat near there. just sayin…….

  5. Glad to hear from you again, and things are looking up. Hope you enjoyed Crete, looking forward to reading about it. Hopefully see you next time you’re back over.

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